Verizon Caves

Ken AshfordCorporate GreedLeave a Comment

I was going to write about Verizon's decision to charge a $2 "convenience fee" to its customers who make payments over the phone or online with their credit cards. I was going to rant what a scam it was.  After all, it's convenient to Verizon when people pay that way.  They get the money quicker (than by check). I was going … Read More

Obama-Clinton in 2012

Ken AshfordElection 2012Leave a Comment

Wait.  Obama-Clinton?  Robert Reich, among others, thinks it is a great idea. My political prediction for 2012 (based on absolutely no inside information): Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden swap places. Biden becomes Secretary of State — a position he’s apparently coveted for years. And Hillary Clinton, Vice President.   So the Democratic ticket for 2012 is Obama-Clinton. Why do I say this? Because Obama … Read More

Quote Of The Day

Ken AshfordEducation, GodstuffLeave a Comment

This comes from Rep. Jerry Bergevin, a Republican state senator in the state of New Hampshire.  He's backing a bill in which evolution should be taught in New Hampshire schools, but it should be, in his view, exposed for what it is: [Bergevin's] bill would require schools to teach evolution as a theory, and include "the theorists' political and ideological viewpoints … Read More

Jesus Wept

Ken AshfordGodstuffLeave a Comment

Here is footage of a fight among Christians.  It involves two rival Christian groups — Orthodox clerics versus Armenian clerics. That makes it interesting enough, but there's a lot more. They are fighting with brooms.  Why?  Because they were cleaning up when the fight broke out. And what were they cleaning?  The Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. That's right… a … Read More

Santorum Gets His Surge

Ken AshfordElection 20121 Comment

As Newt plummets, Santorum gets his notice to come up in the polls.  At least in Iowa.  Which doesn't matter, because it's not a real primary, and the conservatives there are batshit crazy. But it's nice to see that Santorum is getting a little notice.  And he has plans to fix things: WASHINGTON — At a campaign event in Iowa on … Read More

2012 Dead Pool

Ken AshfordIn PassingLeave a Comment

I like this time of year because all the lists come out.  The Best of… The Worst of…  It goes on and on and on.  I tend not to get reflective, myself.  Not anymore.  I've seen too many years now to think that any given year, either the past or the upcoming one, is going to be dramatically different.  Which … Read More

File Under “Ookey”

Ken AshfordHistory, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

I've never given much thought to my sexual orientation.  Being straight in a largely straight world, I guess I never had to.  I'd like to think that if I was gay, I wouldn't have a problem with that. Except that if I was gay, this would bother me to no end.  A new book… Nixon's Darkest Secrets: The Inside Story of America's … Read More

Want Some Good Blog Reading?

Ken AshfordBloggingLeave a Comment

Jon Swift was a blogger from a few years ago who may have been one of the best bloggers ever.  His satiric writing is legendary, like that of his namesake.  Unfortunately, Jon Swift (aka Al Weisel) died suddenly in February 2010. One of Swift's pet projects was a year-end Blogger Round Up.  Al/Jon asked bloggers far and wide, famous and in- … Read More

I Can’t Keep Up

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Google+ is out, and Pinterest is in? Was Google+ ever in?   And I'm told that Winterfell ("Game of Thrones") is out already, to be replaced in 2012 by District 11 ("Hunger Games").  I haven't even seen Game of Thrones yet. I just got onto Spotify, which is apparently passe, too.  Bluebrain, the music that changes based on your location, is the trendy … Read More

The GOP Landscape

Ken AshfordElection 2012Leave a Comment

I find it hard to comment on the GOP presidential bid, if only because it moves too quickly, and I'm not sure what I could add to the cacophany of punditry out there.  I mean, I like the gaffes, but even that has become "old hat".  It's almost pedantic and cliched now to point out the obvious:  that this field … Read More

Did The Framers Intend Gridlock?

Ken AshfordCongressLeave a Comment

Jeff Jacoby has an insanely stupid column in The Boston Globe arguing that "Yes, Virginia, the founding fathers wanted our governing bodies to be dysfunctional". It's one of those pieces that makes you dumber for reading it. Jacoby conflates "checks and balances" with "girdlock" as if the two things are synonymous: What the smart set bewails today as “gridlock’’ or “brinksmanship’’ or … Read More

Back At Blogging

Ken AshfordBloggingLeave a Comment

With Christmas Day in the rear view mirror, and life returning to normalcy, I hope to be back to blogging shortly (and hopefully with renewed energy and accuracy).